From top-notch burger joints to family-friendly pizza dates with the kids, easy-on-the-wallet local food to weekend brunches, we’ve been out and about around Orchard Road on a mission to find the kid-approved dining options…
Hai Di Lao Hotpot
The greatest selling point about Hai Di Lao isn’t even its fabulous food of beef slices, mutton, duck and chewy, addictive sticky rice balls, or its renowned complimentary massage and manicure services, it’s the fact that if you can’t get bubba to sleep and your rock up at night (it’s open until 6am!), it will dish up a bassinet for your ‘lil one to snooze in while you finally get to eat a hot meal! Hallelujah to that.
Hai Di Lao Hotpot, 313 Orchard Road, #04-23/24, 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895 and Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, #04-01/20, Singapore 238839; www.facebook.com/HaidilaoSingapore
Jamie’s Italian Singapore
The menu at Jamie Oliver’s restaurants is all about good nutrition and wholesome food that packs a taste punch that the whole gang will love. Extra brownie points for the healthy but appealing menu for little ones: think fish of the day in a bag, happy chicken lollipops and even a mini picnic. Bump up the fun factor with activity packs for the kiddos that include stickers, crayons, colouring sheets and a retro viewfinder: family-friendly dining made easy peasy!
Jamie’s Italian, The Forum 583 Orchard Road #01-01/04 Forum, Singapore 238884; www.jamieoliver.com
It’s no secret that the HoneyKids team are big fans of Brit imported pizza joint, PizzaExpress, and we’ve already got our little ones hooked too! With a great kids’ pack and a dedicated menu for younger diners (these guys totally get that pasta covered in sauce is the devil incarnate to fussy kids), plus imaginative pizza offerings including chilli crab, laksa and carbonara (for those who just can’t decide between pizza and pasta), this is one place that always proves a surefire hit for the whole family when it comes to dining in the Orchard area. The heavenly dough balls with garlic butter seal the deal…
PizzaExpress, Scotts Square, #B1 08/09, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209; www.pizzaexpress.sg
Hard Rock Cafe
Sometimes you just have to have a burger, and Hard Rock Cafe definitely delivers the goods. Its classic American menu mixed with local faves is sure to appeal to even the pickiest of eaters, and the portion sizes are perfect for hungry teens who are all out of fuel after conquering the shopping malls lining Orchard Road. Check out the cool rock memorabilia on display before ordering a huge ice cream sundae to share. Psst: come on a weekend for fun activities and free kids meals!
Hard Rock Cafe, 50 Cuscaden Road, #02-01, HPL House, Singapore 249724; www.hardrock.com/cafes/singapore
Din Tai Fung
Is there a kid in Singapore who doesn’t love Din Tai Fung? Quick, easy and always delish, this is our go-to when we have dim sum and wanton craving. Did someone say hot and sour soup?
Din Tai Fung, Paragon Shopping Centre and Wisma Atria locations; www.dintaifung.com.sg
Got an early riser on your hands? Modestos opens for breakfast at 6.30am so you can get on with a big mug of mum coffee while the nippers grab their brekkie. Once you’re more awake, the lunch and dinner menus serve up delicious wood fired pizzas and authentic homemade Italian pastas in an alfresco setting – perfect for people watching on Orchard Road. There’s a full wine and beer menu for grown ups, while small diners will love trying the extensive mocktail list to wash down that delicious Italian fare.
Modesto’s @ Orchard, 1 Tanglin Road, #01-09/10 Orchard Parade Hotel, Singapore 247905; www.modestos.com.sg
Switzerland comes to Singapore at family-friendly restaurant Marche where you’ll find top-notch European food set in a Swiss Alpine village! Try the delicious rostis with a side-order of mushroom ragout – a big hit with our own crew – or go simple but scrumptious with a wood fired pizza or grilled steak. Pack the kids off to the small play area while you dine in peace, and then bring them back for their own menu deals – they’ll feel all grown up choosing for themselves from the self-service bars. It’s also the place to head for really good freshly baked bread.
Marche Movenpick, 313 Orchard Rd, Level 1, Discovery Walk, 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895; www.marche-restaurants.com
For an easy-pick the whole famalam will love, OverEasy is all about good ol’ fashioned food that fussy eaters will be well on board with. You’ll find family faves including mac ‘n’ cheese, burgers, shakes, soups, salads and chicken wings on the menu, plus there’s a great cocktail, wine and beer list for when you can’t stand the kids fighting over fries for one moment longer…
OverEasy, 541 Orchard Road, #01-01, Liat Towers, Singapore 238881; www.overeasy.com.sg
Food Republic@Wisma Atria
With 23 different food stands catering to all tastes – fussiest of family members included – this is our quick ‘n’ easy choice when everyone in the family wants a different kinda food. From chicken rice to pad Thai, sweet ‘n’ sour fish to noodle soup, this place has something for everyone: plus it’s cheap as chips too!
Food Republic @ Wisma Atria, Level 4, Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877; www.foodrepublic.com.sg/stores/wisma-atria
We’re all about taking the kids into the great outdoors and enjoying an alfresco picnic whenever we can, but if the weather has other ideas (and you have some shopping to do on Orchard) then Picnic at Wisma Atria is definitely the next best thing. Pitched as a multi-cuisine dining restaurant that combines a food truck park with an immersive outdoor park experience, this one should be on your radar for fun-factor alone! Psst: this is also home of one of the best burgers in Singapore – Omakase Burger!
Picnic, Wisma Atria, #03-15, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877; www.picnicsg.com
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